MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

April 21, 2016 to April 23, 2016 Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale!

April 21st is open to members only.

April 22nd and April 23rd is open to the public.

Times will be posted in the library.

Donations of books, media and games are welcome.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY EVENT:

There will be a special program with music and storytelling on the Civilian Conservation Corps presented by Michigan author, Bill Jamerson.

Program will begin at 2:00 pm at the Havelock – Craven County Public Library, no charge, refreshments provided.

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FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH – DWAYNE WHITING

Dwayne Whiting says inspiration is the key to getting him charged up to create a piece of art.Dwayne Whiting, a Havelock artist, hangs his work in the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

“I only do it when I’m inspired to do it,” Whiting said. “If I’m inspired, then it gets done.”

The 56-year-old is the featured artist this month at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

Whiting, a Marine Corps avionics man from 1977 to 1991, worked on such aircraft as the C-130, the EA-6, the A-4, the AV-8 and the CH-46, but also did a short stint as a graphic illustrator during his service career.

Most of his career was spent at Cherry Point.

“I have always either painted or drawn something. That was sort of my outlet,” Whiting said. “For me, if I feel inspired by something, that’s when I feel most about doing it. Unless I travel, or meeting somebody new or do something different like jump out of an airplane or zip line or do something like that, then I get inspired.”

Whiting, who lives in Havelock, has worked in oils, pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, liquid lead, acrylic, and watercolor.

“It doesn’t matter,” Whiting said. “I prefer pencil because I’m not that good at it. I’m still working on being good at pencil. Even though some people look at my work and say that it’s good. It’s not where I expected it to be.

“I’ve only done one charcoal and that was of the president of the United States.”

Whiting said he enjoys improving his technique by trying to reproduce the work of the masters.

“I’m not the kind that can just sit down and draw a face just because somebody asks me to,” Whiting said. “I have to be kind of hidden away and do my thing behind the scenes and by myself without anybody eyeballing me all the time.”

But, like many artists, Whiting has changed.

“In the last six months or so, life inside and out has changed for me,” Whiting said. “In a decision to be transformed so that I can become the best person I could possibly be, I took on a quest involving body, mind and spirit. Originally I wanted to simply get back to being me. That has a different meaning for everyone who decides to go on a self-seeking mission. I found that in order to know myself I had to factor in many people. No one is self-made. We all come from somewhere.

“As far as art is concerned, I found it better to participate than to isolate myself like I had in the years prior. So this art showing is more like a promotion for other artists than a promotion for me alone. All of the art shown will be raffled off at no cost on a daily basis until it is all possessed by someone who might hang it on a wall to be appreciated by them and others.” “While it is not mandatory, any donations for the raffled artworks will go towards furthering the art shows cause in continuing to bring this event to the public,” Whiting said.

Those who visit the library can enter the daily raffle. Whiting said the raffle is a way to promote and bring community culture to a higher level by inviting supporters to participate in The Touch Of Class Art Show March 4 to 6 at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. (New Bern Sun Journal)

Please stop by the Library and view these wonderful works of art and enter the raffle drawing! Hope to see you there!

 

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REMINDER!!!!

The first Let’s Talk About It meeting will be on February 25th at 6:00pm! We will be discussing the book, The River Runs Through It and other Stories.  You still have time to participate so sign up and get your book at the circulation desk at the Havelock Library! Hope to see you there!

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ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Havelock Library will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016 to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Library will reopen on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:00 am.

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Let’s Talk About It is coming!

This year’s Let’s Talk About It series: Picturing America: Places in the Heart.

The first book will be available on February 1st. Please sign up at the Circulation Desk in the Library.  All programs will start at 6:00 pm.

The programs will be:

02/25/16   A River Runs Through It and other stories – Norman Maclean – Scholar Nan Miller

03/10/16  Brothers and Keepers – John Edgar Wideman – Scholar Willie Nelms

03/31/16  Empire Falls – Richard Russo – Scholar Johnathan Sarris

04/14/16  Gilead – Marilynne Robinson – Scholar Louise Taylor

04/28/16 Plainsong – Kent Haruf – Scholar Willie Nelms

Hope to see everyone at the programs.

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January is the month of…….

In the past few months, I have found it very interesting when researching this topic to come across all the monthly designations that each month has.  While a lot of the designations are food related, and I enjoy celebrating food; I wanted this new year to be more noteworthy.  I will comment on just a few of these “noteworthy” celebrations.  If you would like a complete list, please go to:  www.nationaldaycalendar.com/january.

Of course, the first of January is New Years Day.  This is a day to look forward to the New Year and all that it holds.  A lot of people make resolutions to practice better health choices, eating habits, sleeping habits and increase exercise.  I always make a pledge to read a certain number of books for the year.  Plus I try different genres that are out of my comfort zone.  See what kind of resolutions you will be making this year.

The rest of January is noted for:  on the 2nd – National Science Fiction Day; 3rd is National Fruitcake Toss Day; 4th is National Trivia Day; the 18th is Martin Luther King Jr Day  (third Monday) as well as National Winnie the Pooh Day; the 21st National Hugging Day; the 22nd is Celebration of Life Day; 25th is National Opposite Day; 28th is Have Fun at Work Day; and the 31st is National Backward Day! See if you can incorporate these celebrations into your lifestyle. Your children will appreciate this too!

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LIBRARY HOLIDAY CLOSURES

The Havelock Library will be closed on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, and Saturday, December 26th, 2015 to celebrate the Christmas Holidays.

We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Library will reopen on Monday, December 28, 2015 at the regular time.

The Library will also be closed on January 1, 2016 for New Year’s Day!

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Would you like to search a Veteran’s records?

We have a new application to help search a Veteran’s records. It is called FOLD3.  You can go to our Reference Links, click on Genealogy Links,  then click on FOLD3.   If you are within our library, then just click on: In Library Use.  It will take you directly to the Fold3 page.

If you would like to access from home, this requires a library card.  Just click on: Access from Home. Then enter your library card number and press enter. This will take you directly to the Fold3 page.

Happy searching!

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December is the month of…

In order to write our blog, one of the first things that I do is to research the coming month and see all the neat things that we are to celebrate that month.  It is always fun to come across some lesser known celebrations that I was not aware.  I always try to find some items that are related to the library and reading since that is our main objective; to encourage reading and learning!

Well I searched high and low and had a very difficult time.  It seems that December is to celebrate EATING!   So here is a list of some tasty items to celebrate: the 1st is Eat a Red Apple Day; the 4th is National Cookie Day; the 8th is National Brownie Day; the 13th is Ice Cream Day; the 15th is National Lemon Cupcake Day; the 16th is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day; the 18th is Bake Cookies Day; the 24th is National Chocolate Day; and the 25th is National Pumpkin Pie Day. Whew I am reeling from all that sugar just thinking about it!

December is also the month to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

We do not want to forget  Pearl Harbor Day on the 7th; National Poinsettia Day on the 12th;  Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day on the 27th; and the last day of the month and year on the 31st is New Year’s Eve.

So in your spare time in between cooking and eating and celebrating why not pick up a good book and learn something new!!!  It will make your month and might be a high point of your year! Enjoy.

 

 

 

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